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Well, Sunday was my very first Bridal Show and let me tell you, I’m still recovering! haha The girls at the White Iris told me I would be mentally drained, and I thought, “ya, sure. What’s so draining about talking constantly for 4 hours, smiling until your cheeks hurt, and wearing heals on hardwood where your feet feel they are going to bleed?” I understood what they were trying to tell me about 5:00 that day.
So, it was only a four hour show, and it was the perfect show to get my feet wet and practice my networking skills. Which, still need LOTS of help. I got called a kid by one photographer… “alright, kid… good luck to you.” I about asked him if he saw my silver highlights, but thought… “I like him about as much as the fed-ex guy who asked if my parents were home to sign for a package.” So I said thanks and walked away with my head held high. I think I may have offended another photographer because instead of saying, “Oh my gosh! You are da booooooomb!!!” I said, “Oh hi. Where are you located?” Wrong thing to say. I’ll stick with You da bomb from now on
While I didn’t make the best impression on some, I did however meet some AMAZING photographers who I feel lucky to have gotten to meet! Grant Thompson Photography, a hubby/wife team who just moved here from Florida (No, they aren’t crazy. Their family is here.) I adore them though. They love Jesus and take awesome photos. My kind of photographers!! Then I met Sarah Parent who I’ve been secretly stalking for some time now. She is quite possibly the sweetest, nicest photographer to date. You could wrap her up and sell her at a candy store, that is how sweet she is. I now understand, her photos exude love… duh, they are an extension of her! And then I met Brian Powell and he is seriously so cool. He is da bomb (and I mean that seriously) at off-camera lighting, and I’ll be honest, I’m jealous of his work. There I said it.
So, while I’m not the best at networking, it wasn’t a total bust
Okay, okay… I’m sure you want to see my booth. Well, you should have come then. ha. kidding
January 22. Bridal Expo-Lafayette, IN
Here it is… My very first Bridal Show booth! (And the crowd goes wild!!!!) Okay, that may not have actually happened, but my hubby did give an audible Go Toni.
So I do want to thank my best friend and assistant, Jentry for helping me SOOOO much. She was with me until 10:00 on Sat. night for a practice run and loading of the van. She was with me at 7:00 am for set up and with me all through the show and then stayed for tear down and finally dinner at Panda. Thaaaaaaaaaaaank YOU! Love you LOTS!!
My favorite part of the entire booth. Destination Weddings <3
I was really proud of how the booth turned out However, I’m about to show you some photos of the White Iris and Mammaw’s Sweet Shoppe’s booth that will make my booth pale in comparison. I’m okay, I’ve already come to terms with it
Lets start with the White Iris. You’re going to be blown away. And the photos don’t even do them justice. Listen, if you’re looking for a florist that is not only going to give you literally one of a kind, custom wedding arrangements, but also an amazing customer experience where you will want to hug them by the time your wedding is over (and possibly before it’s even began) you NEED to check out the White Iris!
Oh, and I took way more photos of their booth. But you’ll understand why when you see these babies. I couldn’t STOP myself!!
Everything in this bird cage is real. The flowers, and yes… even the bird. Okay, not the bird.
See that super sweeeet bouquet on the left? Yep. It’s sitting on my desk right now as we speak. Am I not the luckiest gal ever!?
Be still my heart. Adore this!!
ps. this flower below… it’s real. Real life beauty right there!
So I’ve already told them they will be doing my wedding flowers when Kev and I do a 10 year vowel renewal. This little number below… it’s going to be there.
If you wonder how they do this? Starbucks. Well, and creativity… but yes, powered by Starbucks. And shiny lips
This photo is a perfect seg-way into Mammaw’s.
Let me quickly urge you to have Mammaw’s make your wedding cake. 2 words. Pancakes and Bacon. Yes. I just said pancakes and bacon. They make this unbelievable pancakes and bacon cupcake that I will FOR SURE be ordering for my vowel renewal. (ya, so who cares if it’s still 5 years out, that’s how sure I am about Mammaw’s!!). But regardless of their ah-mazing cake design, and their to-die-for vanilla cake, their superb customer service will be sure to give you the best sugar high. (Was that corny? I’m sure it was… but it’s TRUE!)
Cupcakes in birdcages. Who comes up with this amazingness!?!
Okay, if I’m the lucky photographer to photograph this cake at a wedding… I’ll freak out. Plain and simple.
My favorite thing! Candy bar!!
This is what I’m talking about in how the White Iris’s flowers compliment Mammaw’s sweets and like-wise! Oh, perfection!
There it is folks. Of course there were like 60 some other vendors that I should have maybe got out there and taken some photos of. Told you- my networking skills need some help
Thanks to everyone who came and saw the booth, aka my rents and my hubs! AND of course all the sweet brides I got to meet! I’m SO stoked that some of you have already emailed me! eeek Hugs are on the way!!
Wow! It’s January 8th of 2012! Shew, I’d say it’s about time Kev & I wrapped up the Christmas festivities, don’t ya think!?
Our last family Christmas was a late Italian lunch yesterday We opted for a different kind of “carbed up.” Instead of mashed potatoes, noodles, rolls, etc… we went with baked spaghetti, fettuccine and salad. You can do that when you celebrate Christmas in January
Anyway, I’ve been working my life away at Victoria’s Secret this year for Holiday help. I haven’t found much time to keep up with posting of photos and such. I don’t go into work for another 3 hours today, so I thought this as the perfect time to update the ole blog! I’m done there this Friday, which will open up my schedule to blog some of the sessions I didn’t get a chance to LAST YEAR!
I’ve always loved celebrating everything late. Belated Bday cards are my favorite!! What’s better than getting to celebrate even AFTER the initial par-tay!? That’s what I’m talking about!! That’s why celebrating Christmas yesterday on Jan. 7th was so fun! Better late than never
One last tid-bit. Sorry for allllllll the photos Most people posted as time went on. Not me. No, I like to 1. be original and do everything possible against the grain and 2. complicate things by waiting until the last minute. What’s not fun about that?
Decorating the tree is one of my MOST FAVORITE parts of Christmas!! Lets start there…
Kev calls our angel a harlot. hahaha!
After the “official” tree topper photo, Kev had to actually put the angel on!! The tree was too tall for me.
We went with a leopard inspired tree this year. All gold and black bow accents! LOVED it!
Even Jaxon helped us decorate… well actually he just broke ornaments with his tail :/
So every year we have been married Kev and I have bought a funny ornament. This year we bought a scuba diving bumble bee.
The real reason for the season Jesus’ birth!
2 very important details for our Christmas… fishing Santa and Gold Canyon candles. Gold Canyon people. They are the BEST!
I made this blanket for Kev back in ’05. It’s so fun to get it out each year and snuggle up!
LOVE this man!
Not much says Christmas season more than Christmas coffee
For the past 3 years, one of my best friend’s, Lora and I, bake for hours on Christmas Eve eve.
And this cute pup waits for a drop of ANYTHING! haha
Apples, lots of cream cheese and sugar… yum.
The best part of the day… sugar cookies. Every year, Sarah (Lora’s mom) has to help us decorate because we are TIRED by the end of the night! It’s SO much fun to decorate with the both of them Sometimes we get our hubby’s help too
Starting out, I decorated like 7 cookies using these snowflake sprinkles! I loved them!!
All of our yummy treats!!
If you can’t tell… I had had 3 hours of sleep in 48 hours at that point.
My family likes throwing up the deuces.
We had a rockin’ Christmas PAR-TAY!!! Sooooooooooo much FUN!
And here is our Christmas from yesterday…
My beautiful nieces!! <3
I think this last photo sums up our Christmas Season this year. Fun! Happy! CRAZY!!
MERRRRRY (Belated) CHRISTMAS!! <3
I have to say, I’ve had a hard time getting into the Christmas spirit this year. I’m not sure what my reasoning is. The past year went by so incredibly fast I feel like I’m still supposed to be in my bathing suit laying out with my friend Melanie talking about her love life. I’m not ready for this cold, I’m NOT ready to be all bundled up, and I’m certainly NOT ready for $300 heat bills. I know I sound like a Grinch, and “ba-humbug” isn’t usually in my vocab, but this year all I can think of is the hassle of putting up decorations just to take them down a few weeks later.
Well, I was on my way to work the other day and I thought, “What the heck, Toni? What is your deal!? You need an attitude adjustment!” (What? You don’t talk to yourself?) So… that’s EXACTLY what I did. Right there. Changed my attitude I called up my momma and asked her when they were getting a tree and that she HAD to call me before she decorated!! So, last night I brought over the egg nog (actually, it was Kev’s egg nog. Shhh… don’t tell), we popped in some Christmas tunes, and pulled out totes and totes of decorations!!
So last year for my brother’s basketball dinner, mom bought these beautiful red ornaments to decorate with. Of course Noah didn’t remember them, but we did! So, what better to decorate the tree with than brand new ornaments!!
If ever you wonder where I get my humor from…. yep… right here!
hahaha! I took a photo of my brother every time he walked in the door. What? I had to practice just in case I turn paparazzi.
SO EXCITED for our Christmas Cards this year
My mom likes every photo as close up as possible. I took the first photo on the left, and she was like, “eh. I don’t think it’s in focus.” I knew what her mom code was saying. So I zoomed in, took the second one and she responded with a, “oh, now that’s beautiful!!” LOVE HER!
I was too impatient to wait until mom was finished sweeping, hince the dyson in the left hand corner! haha
YAY! So happy to FINALLY be in the Christmas Spirit! Yep, sitting here jamming out to “We Wish You a Merry Christmas,” and I do… I wish you a Merry Christmas! Now I’m totally stoked to decorate our tree tomorrow night!!
If anyone comes up with an invention that puts laundry away, I will be the first to buy it! Although, I would have to rummage through my pile to find something cute to wear when I purchase it…
Change: to become different. Change is inevitable.
My business has changed so much over the past few years. I remember my first wedding like it was yesterday. I remember my first paying client. I remember receiving my first thank you card! I also remember how hard it’s been to sustain my business. I remember filing taxes that first year (ugh, it’s still terrible). I remember feeling like the biggest failure on the planet earth. And in the next breath feeling like I’ve achieved some sort of success.
This business has taken my life on more up and downs than I EVER thought imaginable.
These ups and downs are usually reactions to change, and I’m about to hop back onto the roller coaster. More change is coming. However this time around, I won’t be so scared going down that monster hill. Oh, I’ll still get the butterflies in my stomach, but this time, I’ll enjoy the wind in my hair and the laughter that comes from riding the same ride over and over. This time, I’m embracing the change.
So you’re probably wondering what the heck is changing, and why I’m rambling about roller coasters
As of January 1st, 2012… Toni Price Photography will NO LONGER be photographing families, newborns, babies or kids.
Why the change? I heard someone once say, “If you do everything, you’ll never be known for something.” So true.
If I’ve ever been anything, it’s generally brutally honest. My passion is not families, and it’s definitely not screaming two year-olds (HA!). I LOVE getting to know those clients, but that type of art is not my passion. My passion, the thing I can see myself doing for the next ten years is weddings. I love everything about them! I love the details that have been thought out for the past 10 months. I love the bride’s dress. I love the first sight session, where the bride and groom get a moment to themselves, amongst the chaos, where they are grounded and reminded of what the day is really about… their love for each other. I love the cakes they pick out, and the father/daughter dance. I generally get a little misty during that part of the reception. I love the laughter shared by family and friends as they cut loose on the dance floor. I especially love the hugs I get from brides and grooms thanking me for a great day, while I thank them back, and we build this genuine respect for the other.
My other passion is seniors. LOVE THEM! I love their personalities, I love laughing with them and having fun. I enjoy getting to know them, and hearing about their future plans for life. So many of my seniors are FB friends of mine, and I like checking in on them as they continue in life. Sorta makes me feel old at times, but that’s okay The only thing that is changing in my senior business is that I will ONLY book seniors from June-October. No fear though, if you don’t book in those four months, I have some AWESOOOOOOME photographer friends I’d LOVE to refer you to!!
So what does this mean for my current family/kid clients? It means this, I’m going to miss you dearly! I’ve LOOOOVED getting to know each of your families, and seeing your kids grow each year! I love the hugs I get from your kids, and the hands I’ve gotten to hold as they walk me to the next location And while it may be hard to believe, I’m also going to miss the nose picking, the minor break-downs, and the sibling fights. I always find myself chuckling behind the lens HOWEVER, no fear, I also have some AWESOOOOOOOOME family/kid photographer friends to refer you to too!!
You know me, I’m as corny as they get, so I can’t completely sever ties! I’ll still hold my annual family special each October!
So listen, I’ve already had a few of my families hear the rumor, which it wasn’t a rumor lol, and they’ve already expressed their disappointment. I HATE disappointing people, so until January 1st, my calendar is open If you’ve been wanting a fun/creative family session for a while now and just haven’t booked, shoot me an email, I’d LOVE to photograph your family!! I already have my first November taker, so don’t waste time in contacting me
I’m SO excited for the changes that are coming! Which of course will mean a new website and logo. But I promise, after this… I’m done with the changes for a while!!
Alrighty, here are my awesome photographer friends who 100% ROCK at what they do! I’m in continual awe over their work, you won’t be disappointed at all! I have asked all of them for their permission to put their info on here So please, check ‘em out!!
Families: Marchelle Mosley (Marchelle shot Kev & I’s photos last year. I hold a pretty high standard if you can imagine, and let me say I was MORE than thrilled with our photos!!)
Newborns: Kimberly Reid (She is like a newborn whisperer… AH-MAZING work!!)
Kids: Portraits By Lori (Lori does awesome studio work, and awesome outside work! You WON’T be disappointed!)
Seniors: Ashleigh Wheeler (If you want a photo to showcase your individuality, hit her up! She ROCKS!!)
And of course, a photo of my two passions, and my most current work…